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De Xao Lan (Spicy Goat Curry) Special at Hai Duong.

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De Xao Lan (Spicy Goat Curry) Special at Hai Duong.

sekelmaan | Sep 3, 2010 10:19 AM

There is a special going on at Hai Duong at the Eden Center. It was my first time trying this place and they couldn't tell me what the special was (funny enough they also told me I shouldn't order it, that I wouldn't like it) so I looked it up on my phone. Goat curry. This version was excellent. Tender, goat-ie, it had peanuts and fish sauce with watercress, lemon grass and a ton of finely chopped serrano peppers. It is served with a lime wedge and this amazing coarse salt that is spicy. I don't know if they buy or make the spicy salt, but it was incredible. Not sure what to do I squeezed the lime on the meat and dipped it in the spicy salt.

It came with a small loaf of french bread which was great for dippin in the bottom of the bowl, but as high as my tolerance is for spice by the end of the bowl of serranos in delicious goat sauce my mouth was getting heated up.

This is a great dish in a little clay bowl. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes spice and goat meat. Oh! I almost forgot, it has a lot fatty pork skin in it. It is not crispy, it is soft and tasty, but some people may not like the texture--went great with the spicy salt. I think I will go back tomorrow. Mmm.

Happy labouring day all.

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Eden Center
Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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